Opioid dependence is a chronic condition, which means that remaining opioid-free is a challenge. Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain long after a person stops using drugs. For this reason, relapse is always possible. Deciding to commit to treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence is not an easy choice, but realizing that it has to be done is the first step in the recovery process. Relapse can happen at any time, even long after detoxification. If you relapse, it does not mean that you have failed. However, treatment with VIVITROL® along with counseling after detox means that you may be less likely to relapse.
People who are dependent on alcohol or opioids are more likely to recover and less likely to relapse when treated with medication and counseling together. Professional groups like the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association say that adding medication to a counseling program for dependence can help increase the chances for successful recovery. While VIVITROL® has shown to be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction, it may not work for everyone. Ask about treatment plans that use VIVITROL®.